adjective man·da·to·ry \ˈman-də-ˌtr-ē\

: required by a law or rule

Full Definition of MANDATORY

:  required by a law or rule :  obligatory <the mandatory retirement age>
:  of, by, relating to, or holding a League of Nations mandate
man·da·tor·i·ly \-ˌtr-ə-lē\ adverb

Examples of MANDATORY

  1. <the tests are mandatory for all students wishing to graduate>
  2. Parents object to the mandatory nature of the shots—and the fact that their child's access to education hinges on compliance with the immunization regulations. —Alice Park, Time, 2 June 2008


(see 1mandate)
First Known Use: 15th century


noun man·da·to·ry \ˈman-də-ˌtr-ē\
plural man·da·to·ries

Definition of MANDATORY

:  one given a mandate; especially :  a nation holding a mandate from the League of Nations


(see 1mandate)
First Known Use: 1661
MANDATORILY Defined for Kids


adjective man·da·tory \ˈman-də-ˌtr-ē\

Definition of MANDATORY for Kids

:  required by law or by a command <Student attendance is mandatory.>

Word Root of MANDATORY

The Latin word mandāre, meaning to commit or to order, gives us the root mand. Words from the Latin mandāre have something to do with committing or ordering. When a task is mandatory, someone has ordered that it must be done. To command is to order someone to do something. A mandate is an order from an authority to follow specific instructions.


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